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STRIKES DALE 

THE TOMATO OF THE YEAR 

Uojet^er wit/i four other distinguisfied varieties 




Tomato is the Number One U. S. Vegetable 

It deserves your strongest effort 

THE Tomato Industry in this time of national crisis will quickly 
take its part in helping to maintain national health and well-being. 
Your job in this whole dirty business is production — carefully planned 
production. And in your odd moments sow a few seeds of courage 
and hope. /^The seeds of gloom were planted long ago.y 

This Catalog, written by Tomato men for Tomato men, offers five 
authentic Stokes strains. We consider them among America's finest. 
Each is the product of many years' breeding effort, combined with 
scrupulous care in production and processing. Stokesdale Proving- 
Grounds, at Vincentown, New Jersey, and our Winter Proving- 
Grounds at Homestead, Florida, are the background for this intensive 
effort. Ours is one of the few seed firms in any country devoting its 
entire time, capital, and strength to Tomatoes. 

Your success as a Tomato grower is measured by your ability to 
secure high production of better than average quality fruit. You will 
never harvest better than you sow. For all growers who seek the very 
best in Tomatoes, we suggest that you consult your nearest seed 
merchant who sells Stokes Tomato Seed. If he cannot be found, you 
have to write to us at Vincentown, New Jersey. 

May we also suggest that you act with promptness, for the reason 
that the demand for our seed continues far ahead of our ability to 
supply it. Never in our sixty years have we been so nearly sold out 
in advance of the planting season. 



1941 — Our Sixtieth Year 



President 




FRANCIS C. STOKES COMPANY 



Breeders and Growers of Fine Tomato Seed 



VINCENTOWN, N. J., U. S. A. 




BULLETIN BOARD 



— 1941 



SOME MILD BOASTING. Our five varieties of Tomato 
are: Stokesdale, Master Marglobe, Rutgers, Lange's Earliana, 
and Valiant. The first three have received the larger part in 
our breeding etfort. Never have we offered what we consider 
to be purer and more valuable stocks of these than this year. 
Several hundred visitors to our establishment at Vincentown 
this summer confirmed that opinion. 

STOKESDALE GROWS UP. With our trade, the Stokes- 
dale Tomato has now reached a place of equal importance 
with Master Marglobe and Rutgers — a remarkable showing 
after five years. 

PREVIEW OF 1942: Final 1940 Proving-Ground Acreages 
of Single Plants. Ratio 
Yield in Total fruit Depth 
Av. no. kg- to yield depth to 

Variety offruits 8/14 in kg. oz. kg- inM.M. Width 

Valiant 34 3.15 4.72 .140 4.9 58.5 92. 

Stokesdale 32 2.00 4.38 .138 4.8 59.7 90.1 

Master Marglobe.. .23 .66 3.30 ,146 5.1 61.6 90. 
Rutgers 26 .52 4.63 .162 5.6 62.2 91. 

MULCHING at Stokesdale in 1940 delayed ripening, re- 
duced both early and total yield, and decreased size of fruit. 

PINCHING off early flower clusters is a practice that has 
proved of no effect whatsoever, either on early yield, total 
yield, or average weight of fruit.] 

BONNY BEST— GOOD-BYE. Bonny Best /'introduced by 
Walter P. Stokes, 1908^, after a long and useful career, is 
reluaantly eliminated as Stokes variety. Stokesdale has almost 
completely replaced it. 

COPPER DUST at Stokesdale in 1940 resulted in healthier 
vines (4 points on our scaled and deeper fruit color {5 points 
on our scaley. It is a recommended investment to all who are 
seeking the higher money. 

THE 1940 TALLY. Our 1066 acres harvested at Vincen- 
town this year gave the following results: 

Aver. Govern- 

Av. ton. meat grade Average value 

per acre U.S.I U.S. 2 Cull per acre 

Stokesdale 7.58 52 43 5 $111.35 

Master Marglobe 6.74 55 40 5 99.01 

Rutgers 6.05 52 44 4 88.87 



THE WINNERS. Mr. Preston E. Wells, with Stokesdale 
rated the highest production with 13.29 tons per acre. Mr. 
Edwin Noller with Master Marglobe rated the highest grade. 
His grade was: 87 per cent U. S. No. 1, 12 per cent U. S. No. 2, 
and 1 per cent Culls. 

STOKESDALE vs. GROTHEN'S. Further comparative tests 
between Stokesdale and Grothen's Globe confirm our previous 
findings, namely: that while Grothen's Globe is larger, it is 
also much flatter. The respective ratios are approximately 
90 and 8 5 per cent. Smoothness and interior solidity are also 
on the side of Stokesdale. 

COME TO HOMESTEAD! Besides the routine testing of 
our 1940 Vincentown singles at our Homestead Proving- 
Ground, we are making tests of the following new types: 
Pan-America fV.S.D.A.}; Newell /'Florida Experiment Sta- 
tion^; Victor /^Michigan Experiment Station and 1940 All- 
America Seed Selections^; The X Tomato /^Kille^. Our 
customers are invited to inspect these tests when visiting 
Florida this winter. 

TWO STEMS ARE BETTER. Staking at Stokesdale in 
1940 indicated that pruning to two stems, and not one, in- 
creased both early and total yield. It also improved fruit-color 
and leaf-health. 

MOST DISTANT VISITORS IN 1940: Maung Hpu, 
Hla On, San Khin, Shwe Tha Htwe, Rangoon, Burma. 

Next most distant visitors in 1940: Sr. Vicente Giaconi M. 
and family, Santiago, Chile. 

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS: 

Photographs by Allen & Rahn, Moorestown, N. J. 

Francis C. Stokes, Jr., Moorestown, N. J. 

Engravings by Gatchel & Manning, Philadelphia, Pa. 

Printing by J. Horace McFarland Company, Harrisburg, 
Pa. 

Proving-Ground Co-operators: 

Wilmer A. Robbins Samuel Harris 

Howard W. Haines Chester Robbins 

all of Vincentown, N. J. 





StOKESDAL £ — The Tomato of the Year . . . for 

the green-wrap shipper 



THE success of Stokesdale is due to its maturing 
a 6-ounce Tomato of streamline proportions one 
week earlier than the Marglobe group. As such, it is 
filling an important place in the industry. Perhaps 
the most unusual factor about Stokesdale is its wide 
adaptability. We were confident that there was a 
place for it in the short-season areas of the northern- 
tier states and in the higher altitudes. However, we 
have been greatly impressed with its success over a 
much wider field. In only five years it has come to be 
rated as perhaps the first Tomato of the Lower Rio 
Grande Valley of Texas. It has also proved extremely 
profitable to the green-wrap trade of Florida, Georgia 
and the Carolinas. Here in New Jersey it turned in a 
profit to our contract growers of $111.35 per acre 
as against $99.01 for Master Marglobe and $88.87 
for Rutgers. 

Here, then, is the Stokesdale Tomato, 1941 model: 
It is now in its ninth generation. The vine coverage 
is adequate for all normal temperatures. Government 



inspectors gave it as their opinion that the present 
strain of Stokesdale was the purest of any we are 
offering. We now claim a depth-to-width ratio of 
90 per cent, an average weight of 6 ounces, and an 
interior equal to either Marglobe or Rutgers. 

Under certain circumstances, Stokesdale has not 
always developed satisfactory size, and experience 
has shown that it must be well fertilized and supplied 
with normal moisture. 

There are three outstanding factors about the 
acceptance of Stokesdale. 

1. Its maturity in the Bonny Best season. 

2. Its brilliant, smooth, uniform appearance. 

3. Its unusually heavy yield per acre. 

If you do not know Stokesdale, we advise full-size 
tests of it under your conditions. For many of our 
customers it has completely revised their entire variety 
schedule. It is not at all unlikely that you will find in 
it a new source of profit. 



Price, postpaid: Trade pkt. 25 cfs.; oz. 50 cts.; V4lb. $1.50; lb. $5; 5 lbs. $22.50 




Stokesdale was very good under practically all 
conditions. In several of the rural counties in 
central Pennsylvania, such as Clearfield, Jefferson, 
and others, it was especially good, since the 
season is not long enough for a later variety. 
Personally, in looking over what we consider the 
early and second-early varieties, I believe that 
Stokesdale heads the li«t. In comparison with 
Bonny Best, John Baer, Chalk's Jewel, Pritchard, 
and others of that particular group, Stokesdale is 
also a little earlier and yields very heavv. — W. B. 
N., State College, Pa. 



We are glad to tell you our experience with 
your Valiant and Stokesdale Tomato seed. We 
consider them the best varieties we have ever 
grown. They are very solid, have an excellent 
flavor and are prolific and we expect to continue 
to grow these varieties. — M. G. J., Jr., Tunk- 
hannock. Pa. 



Stokesdale and Marglobe were both fine. 
Stokesdale yielded tremendously. We sold over 
500 half bushels from 900 plants. This doesn't 
seem possible but it's an actual fact. Marglobe 
set late and cracked quite badly. — }. W., Mystic, 
Conn. 



We have heavy rocky soil but Stokesdale did 
very well this year. It is very productive. I don't 
think I will ever raise any other Tomato but 
Stokesdale. We also had Rutgers. It did pretty 
good but not as well as Stokesdale. and I am very 
pleased that I have found the right Tomato to 
grow. Thanks to you. — S. S., West Springfield, 
Mass. 



Stokesdale produced more than Rutgers, Master 
Marglobe, Pritchard, and Bonny Best — fruits were 
larger and no cracks. It is the ideal Tomato for 
this territory. Under normal conditions I believe 
it will break all production records. Also proved 
to be the best-quality Tomato that has ever been 
grown in the Middle West. — H. A., Hiawatha, 
Kans. 




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Averase weight, 6 ounces. Ratio o\ depth to width, 90 per cent. 
Average number of fruit, 32. Days to maturity, 112. 



StOKESDALE — ^ canning variety of acl(nowledgecl 

importance , , , for t/ie Nort/iern States 



THE extraordinary results with Stokesdale among 
the canners in the northern-tier states has again 
shown the real worth of the variety to the canning 
industry there. There are many points in its favor. 
The fact that in normal seasons it will allow full 
maturity is the primary one, but this is also supported 
by two other factors — unusually heavy production, 
combined with a most pleasing flavor. 

While acknowledging that Master Marglobe and 
Rutgers develop a more vigorous vine type, it is our 
experience that the flavor of Stokesdale is superior 
to either of these, a point which manufacturers of 
Tomato juice may well give consideration to. 

Packers of whole Tomatoes will find that Stokesdale 
has a much more solid interior than Tomatoes of the 
Bonny Best type. Size also is greatly in favor of 




We had very fine results from the Stokesdale seed that we received from 
you. Some of our acreage turned out 15 tons per acre of good firm fruit. 
When we get ready to take on our requirements for another season, we 
shall contact you for more seed. — Wm. Bewley, Middleport, N. Y. 

I surely am more than pleased with the results I had the past three years 
with the Stokesdale variety. It surpasses any others I have raised in quality, 
size, and yield. — E. V., Thiensville, Wise. 

I doubt if you can ever improve on the Stokesdale Tomato any more than 
I think you can ever issue a more attractive catalogue than you did for the 
year 1938. Both seem to me as near perfection as is possible. For me the 
Stokesdale proved much better than the Valiant — stronger plants, better 
foliage, and more solid fruit. — S. N. G., Ascutney, Vt. 



Stokesdale, which may average as much as 2 ounces 
heavier than Bonny Best. 

The wide acceptance of Stokesdale has brought an 
expected result: It has so completely replaced Bonny 
Best that although that Tomato was our company's 
introduction /"Walter P. Stokes, 1908^ we are now, 
with reluctance, discontinuing the variety. 

If Stokesdale is not already included in your can- 
ning acreage, we urge that you give our stock a trial 
this year. This recommendation is made with the 
knowledge that it has performed well for several of 
the very largest manufacturers of Tomatoes and 
Tomato products in the Northern States. Successive 
tests of Stokesdale in the Experiment Stations of those 
states have confirmed this experience. 



{% natural size) 

Valiant and Stokesdale have performed very well for me here in spite of 
the extremely dry weather. They produced a large crop of large, smooth 
Tomatoes that anyone could pick and sell and feel that his customer was 
getting his money's worth both in size and quality. Pritchard is another good 
Tomato. — A. L. M., Brookings., S. D. 

Valiant and Stokesdale, here in Missoula, Mont., were wonderful. They 
began to ripen July 20 and at this date /^October 18. 1938> they are still 
full of ripe and green Tomatoes, I had no culls from Valiant or Stokesdale. 
— J. C. S., Missoula, Mont. 

Stokesdale made a creditable showing again this season, being second to 
Break o'Day and Bonny Best, in yield and earlier fruit. — W. H. F., Weslaco, 
Texas. 

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Price, postpaid: Trade pkt. 25 cts.; oz. 50 cts.; V4 lb. $1.50; lb. $5; 5 lbs. $22.50 



FERTILIZER RECOMMENDATIONS FOR STOKESDALE 

For Stokesdale, we recommend a 1000-pound application of O-I6-O or 2-16-0 with a 
side dressing of 400 pounds of 10-0-15 soon after plants are set, and the same amounts 
four weeks later. Stokesdale needs liberal early feeding because of its tendency to set so 
heavily in the early season. 




St OKESD ALE — Seco/Kf-£af/y • Productive • Profitable 




August, 1940, photo Stokesdale plant, unposed, except that foliage was removed to show fruit. 
This emphasizes two points — smoothness of fruit and enormous production 



Suggested 

Soil- 
i\/lanagement 
for 



HE problem of the relation of soil to Tomato- 
growth is one of the most intricate that a 
grower has to face. He can no longer spread 
an occasional load of manure and leave the rest 
to nature. Although that worked when manure 
was plentiful and Tomato acreage small, today's 
extensive agriculture depletes our soils so rapidly 
that manure alone cannot keep them fit. Every 
grower ought to maintain his soil at least at the 
fertility level at which he finds it. Many find it 
profitable to raise the level considerably. 

Plants need, in the first place, water and air. 
If both are to be present in the soil in proper 
quantities there must be enough humus or decayed 
JJiffL XJl^l^f organic matter to regulate the physical condition. 
l1 iRn y iCIClS Sandy soils containing humus will retain more 
water, while heavy soils, on the other hand, will 
drain better if humus is present. This equalizing 
% effect on the water supply has its indirect effect 

on aeration, for soils that do not puddle contain 
enough air for plant-roots. That is why progres- 
sive farmers conserve organic matter. Hester* 
suggests a minimum content of 1 per cent in sands, 1 ' 2 per cent in sandy 
loams, and 2 per cent in loams. Manure is an excellent source, but next 
best is a green-manuring program. Crop-rotation and the turning under 
of vegetation will keep soil organic matter high. Your county agricultural 
agent knows particular rotations suited to your region. 

Among the nutrients plants need, nitrogen rates high in importance. 
The quantity carried by organic matter is usually insufficient and its form 
unavailable. During the second and third months after transplanting, 
Tomato plants need nitrogen in larger quantities than the soil can supply it. 
Since nitrogen-carrying fertilizers in the soil at transplanting time can be 
injurious, and since much leaches away before the plant needs it, nitrogen 
should be side dressed. 

Phosphorus is the element which is most commonly deficient in soils. 
Tomatoes respond favorably to large quantities of superphosphate. Mixed 

♦Dr. Jackson B. Hester in Campbell Soup Co. Bulletin 1, "The Soil Side of Tomato 
Growing." 



with the soil, it will not injure young plants. 
Apply it before or at transplanting time, for the 
plant uses it immediately. 

Potassium is the third important chemical 
fertilizer commonly added to the soil. It resembles 
nitrogen in that large quantities in the soil at 
setting-time injure the plants. Tomatoes do not 
use it until the second and third months after 
transplanting. 

We therefore suggest that in applying your 
fertilizer this year you use an analysis such as 
0-16-0 or 2-16-0 at plant-setting time and 
10-0-15 as a side dressing, four weeks, and again, 
eight weeks after transplanting. The quantities 
vary in different regions. In New Jersey the most 
successful growers use 1000 pounds 0-16-0 and 
two side dressings — 400 pounds per acre each — 
of 10-0-15. We urge those who think this pro- 
cedure too costly to try it on a few plants. 

There is much talk about the need of other ele- 
ments such as boron, copper, manganese, and 
zinc. The soils where these are deficient are so 
limited in area that it is not wise for most farmers 
to buy fertilizers containing them. An excess 
might be injurious. 

There are two more elements, calcium and 
magnesium, which are often added to soils. These 
are usually called soil amendments rather than 
fertilizers. The reason is that their chief use is 
in changing soil acidity, although plants use them 
in small quantities. Their addition to the soil as 
lime produces a chemical condition which helps 
the plant obtain other elements, especially phos- 
phorus. Since a pH of between 6. and 7. is the 
best acidity for Tomatoes, most of our soils are 
too acid. That means that, generally, lime helps. Do 
not lime your soil unless a test shows it is needed, 
for an excess is more harmful than a deficiency. 



StOKESDAL E — Lik^ all other Tomatoes , . . must 

be fed, if you want size 



We suggest the following routine with all varieties, but 
especially so with Stokesdale: 

Use a nutrient solution in the transplanting water. We 
have seen some outstanding results from this practice in 1940. 
Two to four pounds of the following mixture to 50 gallons of 
water is recommended. 
MIXTURE: 

4 parts by weight of Superphosphate /^P2057 

1 part by weight of Calnitro f20%N} 

1 part by weight of Nitrate of Potash {l3.5'^}^-46% KiO/ 
Col. Sayre, of the Geneva, New York, Experiment Station, 
recommends I4 pint per plant {91 gallons per acre/ of the 
following: 2 parts Ammophos 1 part Nitrate of Potash 
8 pounds in 50 gallons water 



This fertilizer being in solution will give the plants a quick 
start and will not injure the roots. This mixture can be pro- 
cured from your fertilizer dealer. 

If the transplanting solution is not used, a side dressing of 
Nitrogen should be applied as soon as the plants are set. 

We also wish to emphasize the importance of lime for 
Tomatoes on all soils where the pH is lower than 5.8 or 6.0. 
Lime supplies calcium and magnesium which are very impor- 
tant for Tomatoes and also makes other plant nutrients more 
available. 

When side dressing late in the season, place the fertilizer 
well away from the plants for best results. 




Master M AR G LO B E — //M Generation. Generally conceded to 

be America 's foremost shipping Tomato 

'nr^HE high money in the northern markets goes to the Tomatoes that are uniformly deep, large, and solid. 

If our Company has had any influence in the Tomato industry it has been in the direction of deeper Tomatoes — 
the fruits that carry the extra slice. The consumer has fixed this standard for she invariably chooses a Tomato 
that will slice well. Knowing this, the market-man invariably chooses the deeper fruit. For years this Company 
has stressed the importance of depth-to-width ratio above all other Proving-Ground readings. The Tomato 
buyer watches two other points also: He wants 5 x 6 or 6 x 6 fruit, and he guards against loss by buying solid 
Tomatoes. He is constantly on the lookout for puffs. 

As Tomato breeders, we have worked hard and long over Master Marglobe. There have been disappoint- 
ments, as there always are, but in the long run we have gained ground. After seventeen plant generations, with 
an expenditure of approximately $30,000, Master Marglobe has developed an average depth-to-width ratio of 
90% — a most unusual figure. The solid interior, as shown in the cut on the opposite page, is characteristic of the 
Marglobe parent, Merveille de Marche. Fred Pritchard's magic touch started all of this back in the days of the 
first World War. What he sought and found was resistance to disease. His Livingston Globe X Marvel cross has 
brought millions of dollars to the Tomato industry. 

Our part in this development has been a humble one. Perhaps the best to be said for it is consistency of effort. 
Through war and peace, through good times and bad, we have never relaxed on the breeding program of Master 
Marglobe. The results tell their own story. The 1940 stock comes nearer our ideal shipping Tomato than any 
we have ever produced, and that goes for all the qualities, including size, depth, solidity, color and, uniformity 

of vine-coverage. 

When you buy Master Marglobe in our 
tamper-proof canister you are getting our 
prize product. Perhaps we may be par- 
doned for believing it represents the finest 
breeding work in America. If you have 
planted unidentified stocks of Marglobe 
and have been disappointed, don't condemn 
the variety until you have tried Stokes 
Master Marglobe — crop 1940. Our acre- 
age under New Jersey Department of 
Agriculture certification represents an enor- 
mous effort going back thirteen continuous 
years. 

Price, postpaid: Trade pkt. 25 cts.; 
oz. 50 cts.; V4lb. $1.50; lb. $5; 
5 lbs. $22.50 

My Tomatoes, Master Marglobe, Valiant, and Stokesdale, 
set an immense quantity of green fruit and I did have a fair 
crop. I have a small retail greenhouse and sell about 20,000 
plants per year. Considering adverse conditions, the quality 
was superior as to smoothness, size, flavor, and solidity. I 
consider your strains highly superior and shall continue to 
plant them until something better is developed. — H. A. W., 
Halstead, Pa. 

Now the Master Marglobe was different. I had given the 
neighbors quite a few of these plants and they tell me they 
were as fine Tomatoes as they ever had. The most favorable 
comment was in regard to its being such a fleshy Tomato 
with a remarkably thick side wall and such a small seed- 
cavity. — C. A. Y., Lancaster, Pa. 

From my soil no variety I have tried can touch Marglobe. 
The seed and plants of that variety were 100 per cent satis- 
factory. — L. C, Oceanside, N. Y. 




Master t^ARGlOBE—T^e Tomato with the extra slice 



FOR GREENHOUSE FORCING 

Plant These Elite Stocks From Stokesdale 
Proving Grounds 

GREENHOUSE men, and other growers who operate 
on an intensive scale, find that these Proving-Ground 
Stocks, even at these obviously higher prices, are bargains. 
This seed is taken directly from our foundation-planting 
stock and is the same as that we plant for our own pedi- 
greed-seed acreage. It represents the cream of the Stokes 
crop. It is certified, disinfected, and handled with special 
care. Most of it is sold in ounces or in fractional ounces. 

Each year we supply important quantities of this elite 
seed to the forcing trade — a clear indication that the extra 
investment pays its way. The high-production expense of 
greenhouse Tomatoes requires that only the most perfect 
seed-stock be used. These six Tomatoes offer a reasonable 
variety range. Because of varying growing and market 
conditions, we recommend that two, if not three, of these 
varieties should be planted. The following are now 
available: 

VALIANT STOKESDALE BONNY BEST 
PRITCHARD RUTGERS MASTER MARGLOBE 




The interior structure of Master Marglobe 
has been bred for great solidity 



Price, postpaid, 
of Greenhouse Forcing Stock: 
Trade pkt. $1; V40Z. $1.75; Viox, $3; 
oz. $5; y^\\i. $17.50 



FERTILIZER RECOMMENDATIONS FOR MASTER MARGLOBE AND RUTGERS 

We recommend 1000 pounds per acre of 0-16-0 or 2-16-0, either under the row or in 
bands near the row. Very good results have also been obtained from broadcasting this 
Fertilizer either before or after the ground is plowed. A side dressing of 400 pounds of 
10-0-15 about three weeks after the plants are set and again when early-set fruit is the size 
of eggs, or as late as you can go through the fields. The 10-0-15 may be split in three applica- 
tions, if desired. Master Marglobe requires ample plant nutrients late in the season. Maturity 
is retarded by early and heavy applications of Nitrogen. 




Master Marglobe ^The Elite Strain of the Main-season Group 




August, 19^0. Photo Master Marglobe plant, unposed, except that foliage was 
removed to show fruit. Two hands had been gathered when this picture was taken. 




August, 1940. Photo Rutgers plant, unposed, except that foliage was removed to show fruit. This photograph 
obviously fails to show size but it does give some indication of the depth of the fruit and the vigor of the plant. 



. . . . VEEP 

Master Marglobe— souv 

RESISTANT 




"Fitness is so 
inseparable an 
accompaniment 
of beauty that it 
has been taken 
for it." 

—EMERSON. 




Streamlined and Finely Bred 

HE fame of this beautiful shipping 
Tomato is almost legendary. Stokes 
Master Marglobe is conceded to be the 
most important market Tomato in North 
America. You are cordially invited to 
share in its success. 

Stokes Master Marglobe can claim eight- 
★TRADE-MARK REGISTERED ^^^^^^^/f/Hf^^^' een generations of single-plant selection. 

We doubt if this record can be equaled. Over $30,000 has been spent in the development of this stock. 
Yet this seed is available to you at a cost of less than $1 per acre. 

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Rutgers — The Stokes strain is deep and smootfi 



TN RUTGERS, Prof. L. G. Schermerhorn, of the 
New Jersey State Experiment Station, developed 
an extremely valuable Tomato. Its acceptance over a 
wide area and for many purposes is an indication of 
its great popularity. It has quality we have never 
known in any other variety. One of its most outstand- 
ing characteristics is the strong central stalk which, 
through fair weather and foul, seems to have the 
ability to produce large, handsome fruit and which 
is sturdy enough to keep that fruit out of the mud. 

It is the size of Rutgers that has won it its host of 
friends. Growers everywhere who had difficulty in 
developing size, have been particularly enthusiastic, 
and have swung a large part of their acreage to 
Rutgers. 

In the Stokes strain of Rutgers, we have endeavored 
to maintain the erect stalk and size of fruit, while at 
the same time constantly trying for deeper and 
smoother fruit. Rutgers will average two ounces 
heavier than Stokesdale or Master Marglobe but we 
must admit that it is rougher and flatter. Some of our 



trade has found it too rough for satisfactory lug box 
or climax basket packing. Others of our trade have 
been very thankful for the extra size. Friends of our 
company who examined our stock this past summer, 
rated it as the finest they had ever seen. 

The Stokes strain of Rutgers, 1940 crop, is, in our 
opinion, the most perfect type we have yet grown, and 
is recommended both to the green-wrap trade and to 
canners. Rutgers has proved especially valuable to 
canners because of its dark-red interior, which has 
been much sought after. This color factor has been 
extremely important, especially in the manufacture 
of Tomato products. Canners in New Jersey, Penn- 
sylvania, the Eastern Shore of Delaware, Maryland 
and Virginia, and in Ohio and Indiana have had 
special success with it. 

Rutgers is five days to a week later in maturing 
than Master Marglobe. For that reason, our customers 
in the northern-tier states must handle it with caution. 
It has not been successful when grown where the 
season is too short. 




PRICE, POSTPAID: 

Trade pkt. 25 cts.; ox. 50 cts.; 
V4lb. $1.50; lb. $5; 
5 lbs. $22.50 



Paired with Rutgers, your Stokesdale makes 
a most satisfactory combination for any truck 
farmer. Of course. Master Marglobe, in my 
estimation, is a superior shipping Tomato, 
ahhough I can see no reason for any farmer 
wanting a finer strain of Tomato than your 
Stokesdale. Most hands of your Stokesdale 
developed several Tomatoes of over 3-inch 
diameter — truly a wonderful sight to any 
truck farmer. — E. H. B., Bloomsburg, Pa. 

We are very well pleased with our crop of 
Tomatoes, the seed of which was purchased 
from your seedhouse. Valiant produced a 
heavy crop of Tomatoes, as did the Stokes 
Master Marglobe and the Rutgers. This is 
October 2 4 and we are still able to pick per- 
fect Tomatoes. W'e have built up a fine trade 
for such good produce. You may feel assured 
that you will receive our Tomato seed order 
for 1939.— W. H. D., Milan, Mich. 




Average weight, 8 ounces. Ratio, depth-to-width, 86 per cent. 
Average number of fruit, 26. Days to maturity, 122. 



Your seed proved very satisfactory for me 
this year. The Master Marglobe and Rutgers 
produced excellent fruit. I was very well 
pleased with the results, both in quality and 
production. — R. B., Westover, Md. 



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RUTGERS 




Main Crop, 
Large, 
Vigorous, 
Productive. 



Canner Albertson, Hope, New Jersey, and Prof. L. G. 
Schermerhorn, of Rurgers fame, chatting at our Tomato 
Field Day. 



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Hybridized and bagged Master Marglobe at Stokesdale Proving Grounds 



Ontario-Grown. Ratio, depth-to-width, 75 per cent. 

Days to maturity, 104. Average weight, 4 ounces. 

A VASTLY improved selection out of the Spark's Earliana introduced by Johnson & Stokes in 1900. The 
seed we are oflFering this year has been grown for us in Ontario by our Canadian associates, Stokes Seeds 
Limited. In our opinion, it is the earliest and smoothest stock of Lange's Earliana we have ever offered. The 
success of the variety is due to its ability to produce fully half of its crop during the first ten days of harvest. The 
crown-set is exceptionally heavy and the fruit is unusually smooth and deep for Earliana. 




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Valiant— f;f//<7 Early • Bxm Large ' Extra Smooth 



Fertilizer Recommendations for Valiant 

Valiant, which is grown primarily as an early market 
Tomato, should have the 1000 pounds of 0-16-0 or 2-16-0 
application with a quick side dressing of 400 pounds of 
10-0-15 and later side dressings of 10-0-15 if the plants 
seem to lose vigor. 




Ratio, depth-to-width, 90 per cent. Days to maturity, 108. 
Average weight, 8 ounces. 




. F. C. Stokes, A. A. Foster and T. Wood Wyne at our 1940 
Field Day. Valiant has been a consistent money-maker for 
Mr. Wyne, a prominent Gloucester County Tomato grower. 



IN MANY districts, Valiant is fast replacing the Earliana 
types. The four additional days' time that is required for 
its maturity is quickly overlooked when the market returns 
come in. Valiant has a sparse, open vine and therefore will 
never be an all-purpose Tomato, but in its limited field, where 
it can be matured without too much danger of sunburn, it 
is already greatly prized. 

By the use of hotbed-grown, blocked plants, Valiant, under 
average New Jersey conditions, matures most of its crop before 
the severe July heat. The fruit is so smooth and deep that in 
many cases it is marketed in the Marglobe class. With proper 
feeding on heavier soils, we have seen Valiant develop an 
almost normal vine-coverage. 

Valiant, a Stokes 1936 introduction, is now in its ninth 
generation. It is a half-brother of Stokesdale, being a selection 
out of that remarkable variety. The fruit is unusually large in 
comparison with the vine, is solid and of brilliant scarlet color. 
Valiant is not recommended as a cannery type, nor is it recom- 
mended for production where it cannot be matured under 
normal temperatures. In its field, however, it has made a 
handsome profit for those who have handled it properly. We 
recommend that a planting of Stokesdale should always follow 
Valiant. 

Valiant was the best Tomato we ever had. Very solid, free from cracks, 
and of excellent flavor. As to earliness, they were not enough behind Earli- 
ana to be noticeable. I have never been disappointed in Stokes' seeds. — 
C. J. T., Auburn, Me. 

Prke, postpaid: Trade pkt. 50 c(s.; oz. $1; 
V4lb. $3; lb. $10; 5 lbs. $45 



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